Photo: Jon Wells
Ariel Miranda Gil
Height: 6'2" Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: Left / Left
Born: 01/10/1989 in La Habana, Cuba
Offseason home: Miramar, Florida
Family: Wife Taimi, twin sons Addriel and Addiel
Acquired: In trade from the Baltimore Orioles, for Wade Miley (07/31/2016)
MLB Debut: 07/03/2016
Free Agent after: 2022 season
It seems appropriate that a pitcher whose first name suggests a Shakespearean spirit, and last name the author of “Hamilton,” owes his arrival on the M’s scene last year to a kind of rhyming couplet:
OK, so it’s not “Hamilton.” Sue us.
Miranda, sent to Tacoma last March 25, popped up a week later when Drew Smyly suffered a strained flexor in his left elbow. It was supposed to be short-term but lasted all season. So did Miranda. The M’s pitching staff last year recalled nothing so much as the final act of Hamlet—everyone dropping like flies—but Miranda was steadfast, leading the team in starts (29) and innings pitched (160). He also threw our only complete game: a 4-hitter vs. Tampa Bay on June 4.
Sadly, as the season wore on, he seemed to wear out:
Was he tired? Tipping his pitches? Or was his two-pitch ensemble (fastball, changeup) not enough for the bigs? (He’s since worked on a slider.) Either way, in mid-September, Miranda was relegated to the bullpen, and this season he’s tagged as our sixth or seventh starter—meaning he’s slated for Tacoma again. If, that is, everyone stays healthy. Odds on that?